The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 10, where does James hear that Eliades is moving?

2. What holiday is approaching at the beginning of Chapter 8?

3. Who leads James to Owen's place in Lahore at the beginning of Chapter 12?

4. In Chapter 13, what reason does James think Eliades have for seducing Ann?

5. What does Charles specifically - and mistakenly - congratulate James for in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

2. What prank do the Kellers and James try to play on Hardeman in Chapter 11?

3. What does Singh say about the desert in Chapter 12?

4. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

5. What does James Axton learn in Bombay early in Chapter 11?

6. According to Rowser in Chapter 11, what changes are happening in the Northeast Group.

7. What information does Andahl give about the cult in Chapter 9?

8. How has Rowser become more paranoid in Chapter 11?

9. What suspicions does James have about Eliades in Chapter 13?

10. What traumatic experience happens to Orville Benton in Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Owen Brademas and his function thematically in the narrative. Based on first impressions from the opening chapters, what does Owen value above all else in life? What does he want to achieve? Discuss how these objectives drive Owen to seek out the cult, and how his skills make him the most effective of the searchers. Why does he become paralyzed by the prospect of meeting the cult? How does his experience with them leave him?

Essay Topic 2

In The Names, Don DeLillo has created a central mystery - the mystery of the cult - in which clues and revelations are annoyingly amorphous and cannot necessarily be trusted. Write an essay about the subjectivity of truth in the novel, focusing on three pieces of information that James Axton gleans in his investigation. Where does this information come from? What is James's attitude towards it? Does he think that it is ultimately trustworthy?

Essay Topic 3

The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?

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